Maurice Lacroix, “Masterpiece” for Only Watch Maurice Lacroix, “Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde”, No.1/1. Very fine and unique, innovative, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with power reserve and a square wheel mechanism, with a stainless steel Maurice Lacroix deployant clasp. Accompanied by fitted box and Certificate.
Case: Three-body, brushed, rounded bezel, screwed-down transparent case back, sapphire crystal.
Dial: Movement plate with black sand-blasted finishing with raised polished indexes (hours, minutes and power reserve), obtained with a special chemical and laser surface treatment (by DM Surface SA®), outer minute division, power reserve indication at 3 and aperture for the seconds under a revolving square wheel engraved “Only Watch”, Trailing square wheel and cloverleaf wheel in silicon for the seconds. PVD-coated black gold alpha hands.
Movement: Cal. ML156, rhodium-plated, Grand Colimacon decoration, 34 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Diameter 43 mm.
Estimated Price: 8,000 – 12,000
Realised Price: 11,000
About Maurice Lacroix
Maurice Lacroix was founded as part of Desco von Schulthess of Zurich in 1975. Founded in 1889, Desco von Schulthess (Desco) is an older company with roots in the silk trade. Since 1946, Desco has also been an representative for luxury watches including Audemars Piguet, Heuer, Eterna, and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Over the years, Desco became more interested in the watch business, and in 1961 Desco acquired an assembly facility named Tiara in Saignelégier, in the Swiss Canton of Jura. There it produced private label watches for third parties. In 1975, Desco started marketing watches under the brand name Maurice Lacroix. Like other Swiss watch brands, including Rolex and Omega, the brand Maurice Lacroix does not correspond to any one individual.
By 1980, Maurice Lacroix had become so successful that the facility in Saignelégier ceased production for third parties. In 1989 Maurice Lacroix acquired the case maker Queloz S.A., also based in Saignelégier. This ability to produce watch cases in-house makes Maurice Lacroix unusual compared to other luxury watch companies.